Tangled Metal wrote:And he told the officers to fine him because he wasn't going to tell anyone to leave. That's a good scouser!!
Aiui other nations give an exemption to lockdowns to gyms because of the obvious health benefits of exercise.
Exercise is easily done outdoors. Even I manage to do it. Outdoor activities tend to be safer.
Get a bit of reality check. Busy lives mean a lot of people exercise in the evening. It's dark right now and some people simply don't feel safe exercising outdoors, particularly women and more vulnerable people. It's bad enough people don't see roads as safe for cycling in daytime let alone in the evening in the dark.
Then you've got the feeling safer environment of a gym or organised exercise group or class. You can probably see there's an advantage in gyms being open if the choice is keeping them open or a lot of people putting exercise on hold because gyms are closed.
Personally I don't really care because I always felt ripped off by gyms. The ones I could get to charged a lot more than better ones further afield. I resented that so cancelled my membership even though I was a big user of that gym. I now mostly exercise either commuting, dog walking or simply getting out and about at the weekends. I'm possibly not doing enough but I rarely drop below 12000 steps and I do more than the recommended weekly hours of exercise if the HR tracker I use is correct.
I find other means to exercise, but I'm a 6'5" Male with martial arts / self defence training who never encounters trouble for some reason. My partner isn't and has to receive during the daytime when jogging routes have more people around. She works from home so can do that.
Do not underestimate the effect of feeling safe vs unsafe. It plays into a lot of activity choices. Besides if you follow the science, that's a joke nobody does, then gyms have a low transmission rate and the benefits outweigh the risks by some way apparently. It's why other nations than England often kept gyms open even when they closed other facilities.